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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffHappySwordsman Date: May 22, 2013 6:52pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Which countries had TV in the 1950s? More than you may think!

I didn't really mean it was "nothing", just that it was even more amazing it took Bhutan so long. Though admittedly they are an intentionally old-fashioned nation.


Using wikipedia as a guide, here are some more nation's which got TV in those ever-changing 1950s:
Poland
Argentina
Czechoslovakia (I think)
Philippines
Morocco (I think)
Monaco (I think)
Puerto Rico
Finland
Thailand (this one in particular surprises me)
East Germany
Austria

...and yet there's still others.

BTW, would anyone be interested in me posting the the TV schedules for the first week of TV in Melbourne, Australia? At first, the city had one TV station (HSV-7). A few weeks later a second station started (ABV-2). A third station (GTV-9) did some broadcasting during this period (including live coverage of the Olympics), but did not become full-time until early 1957. At first TV in the city was broadcast only in the prime-time. During 1957 this expanded to also include afternoon programming. By 1959 the schedule sometimes started as early as mid-day.

But anyway, does anyone want me to post the schedules for the first week of programming in Melbourne? (it is missing the listings for 2 of the 7 days, though).

I could also try to find some US local listings from the 1950s. I've got nothing better to do, and the sad part is that I mean that.

This post was modified by The_Emperor_Of_Television on 2013-05-23 01:52:59

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Poster: Mr Cranky Date: May 23, 2013 1:48am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Which countries had TV in the 1950s? More than you may think!

Your Highness,
Some f my friends are in your country this week on business. Do you have any suggestions for non-tourists who are like us?

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffHappySwordsman Date: May 23, 2013 2:48am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Which countries had TV in the 1950s? More than you may think!

I'm not sure I understand the question. But it's an odd thing to ask me, a rather challeged person who is more-or-less forced to spend most of the day in his bedroom.

If "like us" you mean 1950s/1960s TV fans, then they're out of luck, as the only shows of that era in repeats in Australian TV are same American ones which has been repeated to death in the english-speaking world: "Bewitched", etc etc.

Americans are lucky to be able to view so many of their 1950s/1960s shows so easily on DVD, TV repeats, and on the Internet Archive/YouTube. People of countries like Australia and Canada are much less lucky.

I don't even think any telerecordings aka kinescopes remain of Melbourne-produced TV of 1956, though both HSV-7 and ABV-2 had kinescoping equipment by November 1956, comfirmed by articles in "The Age" and "The Argus" that mention them showing telerecordings of olympic events later in the day of the event...

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Poster: Quigs Date: May 23, 2013 10:26am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Which countries had TV in the 1950s? More than you may think!

Me as well. Gigs are getting fewer and farther between. Ueah, sure go ahead Matt, I'm interested.

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